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April of 2003 . . at the Sun Shoppe and Cafe in Downtown Melbourne, FL with a Martin 00C-1E . . the perfect acoustic guitar.

Terry has shared a stage or beer with:

(New York and New Jersey)

Billy Hector, The Fairlanes, Ernest "Boom" Carter, "Big" Danny Gallagher, "Mad Dog" Vini Lopez, Dave Meyer, Suzan Lastovica, Paul Whistler and the Wheels, Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, Casual T's,"Chill Boy," and Joel De La Joussaye.

(National and Florida Artists)

Chuck Brodsky,
Carla Ulbrich,
Annie Humphrey, Jennifer Daniels,
John (No Nukes/Orleans/Congressman) Hall, Anni Clark,
Bob Rafkin, Sam Pacetti, Ken Perlman, Rod MacDonald, Shana Smith , Jeanie Fitchen, Magda Hiller, Ashley Gang, Sno Rogers, Upsala, Mindy Simmons, Grant Livingston, Cyd Ward, Diane Ward, Sunset Beach Pete and Raiford Stark, Rich Mermer, Bobby Hicks, and Jess Pillmore.

(Georgia and Florida)

Larry Smith, Austin Church, Mike and Malina Runion, "Java" John Goldaker,
Sleepin' Dogs, Acoustic Alliance, Robin and Eddy, Charley Groth, Taylor Made, Paul Gerardi, Jon Semmes, Barry Brogan, Big Red and the Bus, Stormcrow Sanders, Patti Lewis, Brad Keeler and Kim Roque, Marianne Fleming, Bill and Eli Perras, One Street Over, Yvonne and Hoagie, Steve Hodak, Rocky D'Andrea, Brian McCahill, Bob Parker, Dave Clark, Dana Barbour, Amber and David, Janet, Caitlin, and Logan Reedy, Dave Grooms, Carolann Wright, Karen Wisehart, Matt "Guitar" Riley, Jennifer Tidwell, Tommy Thompson, Steve Drummond, Susan Graham, Sheryl Paige, Leon Olguin, norm mcdonald, Bud Ball, Kris Nichols, Susie Cool, and over a hundred more of the best acoustic performers in Florida and the U.S.
Oh . . and one great rock and roll band called roger . . Houston!

Terry has performed at:

(Las Vegas, March, 2002)

1. Mirage Hotel and Casino (Long Story!)

(Florida, 1994-today)

1. Kool Beanz Coffeehouse, Cocoa Village (Over 160 appearances . . more or less)
2. Java the Hut, Indian Harbour Beach
3. WFIT 89.5 FM, (NPR), Melbourne
4. Melbourne Arts Festival
5. SeaFest, Port Canaveral
6. Earth Awareness Festival, Cocoa
7. Sanford Heritage Festival
8. Friends of Florida Folk Benefits
9. Artist Support Benefits, Brevard County
10. Fall Arts Fair, Cocoa Village
11. Books-A-Million, Merritt Island
12. Appleton's Family Folk Cafe, Lake Mary
13. Indian River Coffee Company, Suntree
14. Island Coffee, Cocoa Village
15. Kloiber's, Titusville
16. Cpt. Katanna's, Palm Shores (Melbourne)
17. Daily Grind Coffeehouse, Vero Beach
18. Dreamweaver Coffeehouse, Cocoa Beach
19. The Sun Shoppe and Cafe, Melbourne
20. Yalaha Bakery, Orlando (area)
21. Matt's Cigar Pub, Indian Harbour Beach
22. Gallery Walk, Cocoa Village
23. June Park Baptist Church, West Melbourne
24. Ozzie's Northside, Grant
25. Deland Original Music Festival
26. Dublin Station, Deland
27. Sessions 31 Television, Melbourne
28. Beachside Live Original Music Festival, Daytona Beach
29. Bernkastels, Daytona Beach
30. Jerry Daze "Tribute to Jerry Garcia," Brevard
31. Will's Pub, Orlando (w/Jennifer Daniels)
32. Banana Breeze, Merritt Island
33. Steve's Downtown Music, Deland
34. Village Perks, Cocoa Village
35. All That Jazz Cafe, Cocoa
36. WMNF Radio, Tampa
37. Kai Tiki, Sunset Beach (St. Pete)
38. King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL.

(Greenwich Village/NY, 1985-'88)

1. The Speak Easy
2. The Red Lion
3. Sun Mountain Cafe
4. Folk City
5. The Knitting Factory
6. The Backfence
7. O'Luney's

(New Jersey, 1985-'88)

1. Benefit for Friends of Animals, Asbury Park
2. The Deck House, Asbury Park
3. Wallace's, West Orange
4. Tierney's, Montclair
5. Cedar Grove Inn, Cedar Grove

(Georgia, Valdosta, 1978-'84)

1. Valdosta State University
a. Whitehead Auditorium
b. Blazer Cafe (w/Barry Drake)
c. Langdale Hall*
d. Georgia Hall*
e. Hopper Hall* (Bose and Kelly)
2. The Deli-Bar
3. Hoagie's Bistro
4. The Mill House
5. Mathis Auditorium
6. Gulio's
7. The Crescent House
9. Webster St. #7

(Atlanta, May of 2003)

1. Eddie's Attic

(Best Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter Venue in the Southeast)

Semi-Professional Music Career Bio?

This is the official, authorized Terry Kelly music career bio. For the unofficial, unauthorized, and unknowingly more indepth autobiography, check out his infinitely interesting and sometimes entertaining life story entitled, Acoustic Guitars and Broken Hearts.

Terry Kelly grew up in Champaign, Illinois and on a road called Route 66, during the 1960s and was influenced at a very young age by the Beatles and Bob Dylan. He got his first guitar and started writing songs while a student at Valdosta State College (now University) in Valdosta, Georgia, where he earned a Fine Arts Degree in Radio/Television Journalism.

Fellow soccer player and singer-songwriter, Tom Bosse and Kelly formed an acoustic/folk-rock duo at Valdosta State and became popular performers around campus, mostly at the girl's dorms. Bosse and Kelly had a local hit song, which they wrote, called "Carolina Dreams" (AKA: Carolina Blue). They covered the music of the Eagles, Poco, America, Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, Neil Young and James Taylor, before parting ways in 1980.

After graduation, Terry worked as a sports writer and attempted to "make it" as a professional soccer player. Three years later, he began a long journey as a solo-acoustic/folk, contemporary singer-songwriter with a mix of Beatles, Bob Dylan, Monty Python, Woody Guthrie, and Woody Allen personality. But, it was Nanci Griffith and Bruce Springsteen's music that would influence his performing and songwriting most of all.

His journey would take him to New Jersey, Greenwich Village, and the metro NYC area in the fall of 1985.

After playing week nights around the Village he became a regular weekend performer at New Jersey venues, from the Deck House in Asbury Park to Tierney's in Montclair.
He was often the opening act for Billy Hector and the Fairlanes, Big Danny and the Boppers, Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs, and all the Jersey blues players who were made up of former Springsteen and Southside Johnny band members.

His best guitar and winter coat were stolen in the city during the winter of '88 and then a shot at a Columbia Records (long-shot) recording deal fizzled. John Hammond's secretary suggested that he move to Nashville?

Soon the New York area's snow and freezing rain sent him and his musical journey back to the sunny South and his current home in (Brevard County) Central and Eastern Florida, where he now writes and performs more than ever and has recorded three self-released and non-released albums and been featured on two "various artists" CDs of original folk music.

His "Across America" album (2001), has been featured on Folk/Americana and Roots programs in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, South Africa, and in America on College and Public Radio and is a favorite download on iTunes and allover the world.

His music has found a regular spot alongside Ralph McTell, Maddy Prior, Kate Rusby, and Ian Anderson on Genevieve Tudor's "Sunday Folk" program on the BBC, Radio 2 Network in the U.K.

Terry Kelly has come a long way from his early days listening to the first Beatle albums and trying to look like Paul McCartney back in Champaign, Illinois. In many respects he's just getting started. Didn't the Beatles get started with airplay on BBC Radio?

Ironically in 2011, Terry found out that he is actually a cousin to Sir Paul McCartney!

"I could be smarter than Einstein . . I've got a lot of theories about my relatives!" -lyrics from "Romeo and Juliet"
© 1999, Terrance Kelley (ASCAP).

Pastel and color pencil art by Terrance Kelley


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